Colostomy reversal

Restoring normal bowel function after a colostomy

If you've had a temporary colostomy, you'll need to have this procedure to restore normal bowel function

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If you've had a temporary colostomy (bowel diversion surgery), you'll need to have another procedure to restore the normal function of your bowel. This is called a colostomy reversal. It's less invasive than the initial procedure and your recovery time may be shorter. The time of your reverse colostomy will depend on your health and circumstances. Some people can live with a colostomy for several years before having it reversed.

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    Reversing a loop colostomy Your consultant will make a cut around the stoma (opening) in your tummy. This is so they can access your colon. They'll then reattach the upper part of your colon to the remaining part of it. Reversing an end colostomy Your consultant will make a large cut around your tummy. They'll then reattach both sections of your colon. Reversing an end colostomy is rare and can make for a longer recovery period. Both reversal procedures are carried out under general anaesthetic, which means you'll be asleep.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Your consultant will explain the procedure and answer any questions you might have. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
  • Afterwards icon plus

    After your procedure, we'll transfer you to our recovery ward, where you'll be looked after for 3 to 10 days. It may be some time before your bowel movements return to normal. Your consultant will let you know when you can leave and get back to your usual routine.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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